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The Moment: Oberyn visits Tyrion
Setting the Scene: Oberyn goes to visit Tyrion in his cell. He tells the story of meeting Tyrion as a baby then volunteers to be his champion.
Why It’s Awesome: Tyrion’s three visits in his jail cell all highlighted various relationships in his life. First was his relationship with his brother and his shared dislike of their father’s pressures. Then came Bronn, a loyal friend but not one stupid enough to die for him. Finally came someone who is most certainly not a friend to the Lannisters, but like Jaime and Bronn, capable of seeing Tyrion as a human rather than a monster.
Pedro Pascal and Peter Dinkledge are fantastic scene partners. Throughout the season, Pascal has shown himself to be a compelling presence on-screen and Dinkledge has always been celebrated for his work on the show, so putting them together in such a simple manner really allowed them to shine.
At its most basic reading, this scene exists to move Tyrion’s trial forward. He now has a champion to fight against The Mountain on his behalf. It also allows Oberyn to accomplish what he came to King’s Landing to do – get justice for his sister and her children.
It also allows us to catch a glimpse the life Tyrion has led through the eyes of an outsider. He grew up as the “monster of Casterly Rock” and as demonstrated by last week’s episode, it has worn on him. He recognizes that to most, he’s thought of as less than human and the tears in his eyes after Oberyn told him that he saw him as a baby, not a monster, the first time they met said more than words could have.
Like Tyrion, Oberyn has good reason to despise the Lannisters. They are responsible for the brutal murders of his sister and her children and that is a wound that Oberyn carries with him daily. While I do believe that he does feel some indignation at Tyrion’s treatment by Tywin and Cersei, he’s not the reason Oberyn volunteered to fight for him. He has patiently waited for the opportunity to get justice for Elia and he knows his chance is finally here.
He’s confident in his ability to defeat The Mountain, which will not only kill the monster directly responsible for the death of Elia and her children but Tyrion will be found innocent by his victory, therefore harming the monster (Tywin) he holds responsible for The Mountain’s actions. It is clear from all of his interactions with the Lannisters on this show, that he views Tywin (and Cersei to some extent) the true monsters in the family, not Tyrion, and the time has come for his revenge.
Honorable Mentions: Jaime visiting Tyrion, Bronn visiting Tyrion, Sansa watching the snow and being reminded of home